Bournemouth vs Everton
Having fallen back in the relegation zone, Bournemouth will seek to end 2017 with a win against high-flying Everton at home. The Toffees have been resilient since Big Sam took charge and should start favourites. Bournemouth, being a fighting team, will have other match days to win and achieve their league table climb.
Chelsea vs Stoke City
Stoke got a well-needed victory to create some separation from the drop zone. They will face an acid test away to the current champions who are chasing second place. Chelsea should be able to stave off what could be a tough Stoke challenge.
Huddersfield vs Burnley
Huddersfield has done very well to so far cement a mid-table placing. Their position will be tested to a Burnley team, who this season are a good team home and away. After giving Manchester United a scare on Boxing Day, Sean Dyche’s men should be confident of a victory against the newly promoted side.
Liverpool vs Leicester
It took a missed penalty by Jamie Vardy for Liverpool to beat Leicester 3-2 in their last fixture. The Scousers should expect another acid test, albeit starting favourites in this fixture days following their record acquisition of Dutch central defender, Virgil Van Dijk.
Newcastle vs Brighton
Another battle of two promoted sides this season will take place, this time at St. James’ Park. Newcastle will hope for a big win to move away from the drop zone and go level on points with Brighton. A draw could be the end result as former Newcastle turned current Brighton manager, Chris Hughton, will seek to leave with at least a point from his former employers, who unceremoniously sacked him in 2011.
Watford vs Swansea City
Watford got back to winning ways against Leicester in their Boxing Day fixture and should be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a beleaguered Swansea at home. The Swans should be very demoralized after being trashed 5-0 by Liverpool in their last fixture. Marco Silva’s men should come out comfortable winners against the EPL’s cellar-dwellers.
Manchester United vs Southampton
Manchester United look to return to winning ways in the league against a Van Dijk-less Southampton, who should also still be without their starting left back Ryan Bertrand due to a hamstring injury. United will hope to make use of their home advantage as they seek a well-needed victory to stave off the challenge for second place from at least four other chasers.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
City will try to extend their consecutive wins record to an absurd 19 games when they face Crystal Palace in London. This time, they face a much better Palace under Roy Hodgson, but are still expected to win comfortably enough as they continue cruising to the league title.
West Brom vs Arsenal
After seeing off a resilient Crystal Palace in their last fixture, Arsenal will hope to avoid a scare against West Brom, who are still looking for their first win since August but have beaten Arsenal at their last two meetings at the Hawthorns. The Gunners should start favourites and hope to win comfortably in Birmingham.
Here’s a roundup of Ryan’s picks for Week 21. Happy New Year when it comes everyone!
|Newcastle United||Brighton & Hove Albion||1-1|
|Crystal Palace||Manchester City||1-4|